Trends in the Prevalence of Childfree Adults in Japan by Gender, Marital Status, and Survey Question (77585)

Session Information: Cultural Demography
Session Chair: Zachary Neal

Sunday, 26 May 2024 12:15
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 603
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The goal of this brief report is to estimate the prevalence of childfree adults in Japan in the 21st century. Childfree adults neither have nor want children, but it is unknown how common this family status is in Japan, or how its prevalence differs by gender, by marital status, over time, by question wording. 83 nationally representative estimates of the prevalence of childfree adults in Japan since 2000 are pooled using multi-level meta-regression to separately estimate prevalence by gender, marital status, year, and question type. The prevalence of childfree adults has increased since 2000, is higher among women and single people, and is higher when using `expect' questions than `want' or `ideal' questions. Regardless of gender or marital status, being childfree has become more common in Japan, which has implications for efforts to address the country's demographic challenges.

Zachary Neal, Michigan State University, United States
Jenna Watling Neal, Michigan State University, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Zachary Neal is a professor of psychology at Michigan State University, United States.

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